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Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats

March 22, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is currently soliciting the public’s help in finding homes for a local population of semi-wild feral cats. The ideal situations for these cats include a farm with barn, horse stable, warehouse or other suitable outdoor locations. All cats are healthy and have received veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and exam. No adoption fee will be assessed. If you currently have unspayed barn cats you can also receive assistance in having them sterilized. These cats can help keep rodents away from grain and food storage and you will enjoy watching them as well as having the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home. You are also helping to save lives. If you own or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants

February 3, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants
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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program has rental units available for qualified applicants, including several one-bedroom units, in various communities. The ADU Rental Program, administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, provides opportunities to individuals and families to rent efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units at a substantially lower rental price than the market rental rate. Fourteen apartment complexes in Loudoun participate in the program. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners

January 10, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners
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Residents Asked to Verify Vehicle Information Online for 2016 Tax Year

Robert S. Wertz Jr., Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, has mailed notification of 2016 personal property filing requirements to all vehicle owners currently on the county’s tax rolls. Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, campers, trailers, boats, motorhomes, aircraft, and mobile homes. This week, residents will begin receiving notices in the mail with an account number and instructions that they will use to review and update their personal property tax records for the 2016 tax year. The online process allows citizens to review and update information on the more than 350,000 vehicles now located in the county. Citizens can access their personal property information online at www.loudoun.gov/efile utilizing their tax identification number, ZIP code and unique account number contained on the notice. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

December 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
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Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will fulfill the duties of the Mayor until an interim appointment is made.

Kristen Umstattd tendered her resignation as Mayor of Leesburg, effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, Umstattd will take office as the Leesburg District Supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. … Continue Reading

Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’

December 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’
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This holiday season, the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services Prevention/ Intervention team is once again partnering with Loudoun County Girl Scouts and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to provide gifts and other resources to families throughout Loudoun County. The program, “Project Elf,” was developed seven years ago by Bethann Laign, then Service Unit Manager of Girl Scouts Unit 70-9 in Leesburg.

The Girl Scouts of Loudoun County Service Unit 70 have ”adopted” families currently receiving case management services through MHSADS Prevention/ Intervention. More than 100 troops are participating to provide holiday gifts and clothing for each family member. Each troop has either adopted one family, or in some cases, two troops have shared in the adoption of a larger family. Loudoun Girl Scouts have been busy wrapping each gift, then dropping them off at the Mental Health Center in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Ladies Host Lights of Love

November 28, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Ladies Host Lights of Love
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The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital will celebrate the gift of loved ones at the annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the atrium at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Lansdowne campus.

“We invite members of the community, hospital workers, patients, and of course, friends and family of those honored to join us,” said Carolyn Clark, chairman of the Lights of Love Program. At the ceremony the Lights of Love tree will be lighted, the names of those honored or memorialized during this year will be read, and those present will light candles as names are read. The Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir directed by William Rosenfeld will provide music. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign

November 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce their participation in the 68th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2013, Marines collected and distributed over 16.8 million toys to children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season.

From Friday, November 20 thru Tuesday, December 15, Fire and Rescue stations across the county will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys. Please note that toys resembling weapons or toys that could potentially be used as a weapon (i.e. guns, knives, swords, etc.) will not be accepted. To make a monetary donation online, visit the official website at http://www.toysfortots.org/donate.

For additional information, please contact the LCFR Toys for Tots Coordinator, Technician Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723, via e-mail at rob.boyer@loudoun.gov or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire
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The Virginia State Corporation Commission held a series of local hearings in late October for Dominion Power’s proposed Poland Road transmission line project in Loudoun County. The 230kV double-circuit transmission line is designed to serve a large new data center, and is comprised of a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way. The line would be located along Route 50 near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 606, bordering Washington Dulles International Airport.

Opponents of the proposed alignment include the Stone Springs Hospital Center and John Edgewood of Greenworks Landscaping, whose retail business would lose some of its facilities due to power line easement requirements. The project is also opposed by South Riding Proprietary president Kevin Turner, who has argued that the Route 50 corridor should be protected as a gateway to Loudoun’s wine country, and “ … is not to meant to be the New Jersey Turnpike of Loudoun County.” … Continue Reading

Soaring Ambulance Fees Hit County Residents

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
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By Patrick J. Sloyan

Once the siren rattles this village, citizens flock to the Fighting Fifth, the nickname for Hamilton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 5. An ambulance call means a team of three scrambles into the white and green van. They are as trained in life-saving skills as any big city ambulance crew. Heart attacks, choking babies, grisly highway wrecks—they have been doing without charge for 70 years.

All that changed this summer when the Fighting Fifth’s ambulance crews were forced to charge hapless patients as much as $770 to get to Loudoun hospitals. Unhappy was Jamil Scott, the Rescue Company’s ambulance chief saw the fees as a blow to Hamilton’s volunteer spirit. “Community service and dedication, “ said Scott, proudly. He is an ex-Marine and an accountant with deep misgivings with the new cash and carry policy. … Continue Reading

Lights Up at Franklin Park

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Lights Up at Franklin Park
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Over two decades ago Loudoun County purchased 203 acres of farmland now known as Franklin Park. After meetings with the surrounding neighbors the county promised to keep the upper fields as passive recreation fields to protect the existing neighbors. This meant no lighted fields on the upper plateau of Franklin Park.

This promise was part of the Master Plan and Conditions of Approval. The lighted ball fields were kept on the lower fields. Supervisor Janet Clarke requested a Special Exception for lights on the upper fields early in her term and in late October, 16 poles went up at a cost of $1.75 million.

Names Sought for Parks

September 30, 2015 Loudoun County, News 2 comments
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process for naming three new county parks.

One park site is located in the Broad Run election district, south of Marblehead Drive in the Potomac Green community. The property includes approximately 27 acres with three rectangular athletic fields, one baseball/softball field, trails, open space, a picnic pavilion and tennis court, restrooms and parking.

Another property consists of approximately 61 acres along Goose Creek in the Blue Ridge election district, adjacent to the Belmont Glen Village community. This passive park site will feature picnic areas and a trail that connects to the Goose Creek Preserve and adjacent communities, as part of the Goose Creek Stream Valley Corridor. … Continue Reading

Loudoun, Frederick County Schools Awarded School Safety Grant Funds

September 30, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun, Frederick County Schools Awarded School Safety Grant Funds
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Loudoun and Frederick County schools will both receive a total of $38,996 in grants for safety improvements as part of the School Security Equipment Grant program established by the General Assembly in 2013.

“This has been re-authorized by the General Assembly each year since 2013, and I expect it will continue as long as we see a need exists for these improvements and local school systems have a hard time covering them. Keeping kids safe in school is a commonsense investment,” said Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd District) of the funding.

The funding in the two counties is allocated to Aldie Elementary, Banneker Elementary, Emerick Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Lovettsville Elementary, Meadowland Elementary, Waterford Elementary, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, James Wood High, Sherando High and Stonewall Elementary. Although Clarke County schools did not receive an allocation this year, three Clarke schools received a total of $67,223 last year.

“This is just one example of how we’re working to make Virginia a safer place,” LaRock said. The General Assembly also approved a pay raise for state police, funding to provide targeted services to seriously mentally ill patients, and funding for new behavioral health community services and six new drop-off centers.

Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact

September 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact
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Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens is pleased to announce that the 1835 jury drum belonging to the Historic Records Division has been picked by museum and archival professionals as one of the top ten honorees in the Virginia Association of Museums 2015 Endangered Artifacts program.

Twenty six museums, archives and libraries from Virginia took part in this year’s Endangered Artifact program. The two-round process for picking the ten most endangered artifacts started with the People’s Choice phase, where members of the general public voted for their favorite artifact. In the first round, the jury drum received 2,986 votes. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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